Badge Report 1931

Cambridge District Scout Archive

For many years badges were issued without individual cost to troops and packs. In 1931, as for many other years, the District Badge Secretary presented a report not only on the number of badges issued but by Group, section and type of badge. W T Thurbon presented this first report ahead of his formal appointment to the role as he supported the then Equipment Store manger S W Edwards.

Proficiency

PackBadgesNo. in sectionAverage per
boy
14th19210.91
17th District7160.44
5th20480.42
26th6250.24

Where more than five of any one badge were issued to a pack they were recorded: we can see that all those awarded to the 14th were in three categories. This may reflect what the Cub Masters considered important, what the Cub Masters were readily able to achieve, what the Cubs were able to achieve at that time or the availability of badge examiners. Some badges are more readily achievable than others and, as today, being able to present a Cub with his first badge may lead to them work for more.

  • Of the 19 5 Collectors, 7 Team Player, 7 Home Orderlies
  • Of the 7 5 Home Orderlies
  • Of the 20 11 Collectors 6 Athletes

The Scout are listed by average per boy. This average is one way of judging effectiveness of a Troop, but can be readily distorted by able Scouts who progress towards 1st class and Kings Scout. The 15th may have held a few achievers who gained the majority of the nine badges.

TroopBadges1st Class
(included left)
No. in SectionAverage per
boy
25th15141.3
9th32291.1
13th232201.05
2nd16161
7th434440.98
23rd25330.76
5th6541330.49
15th93190.47
1st District2160.33
12th4140.29
3rd140.25
32nd4160.25
35th31130.23
14th3160.19
29th2130.13
41st2150.13
10th2170.12
28th1110.09
7th District1130.08
8th114 0.07

All those troops who awarded more than five of one type were noted. As with the Wolf Cub totals many of the badges earnt by each patrol were from a limited set. The most notable example of this was the 25th – of the 15 issued – 5 Marksman, 9 Pioneering.

Three of the seven troops awarding more than five of one badge did the Cyclist badge, 2 the Missioner. No other badge issued on this scale was recorded in more than one troop.

The badges by type in total were

Crew
13th2 (Rambler Badges)
Wolf Cubs
Proficiency Badge Number
Collector18
House Orderly 14
Team Player 7
First Aider7
Athlete6

52 Cub badges issued in total

Scout
Proficiency Badge Number Proficiency Badge Number
Cyclist20Woodsman4
Missioner19Bookbinder3
Metal worker17Carpenter3
Pathfinder15Musician3
Swimmer15Rescuer3
Healthy Man14Leather worker2
Naturalist13Poultry farmer2
Master at Arms11Reader2
Ambulance Man10Airman1
Pioneer10Athlete1
Engineer9Bird Warden1
Public Health9Clerk1
Interpreter6Electrician1
Marksman6Gardener1
Basket weaver5Journalist1
Cook5Photographer1
Camper4Printer1
Star man4Weather man1
  • 15th 5 Marksmen 9 Pioneer
  • 32nd 9 Engineer 7 Master at Arms 8 Naturalists
  • 23rd 5 Cyclists
  • 16th 6 Entertainers 5 Metalworkers
  • 43rd 9 Cyclists
  • 25th 7 Missioners
  • 5th 9 Cyclists 13 Healthy Men 11 Musicians 5 Swimmers 5 Pathfinders 7 Public Health

Decorations

Cords and Thongs
Green & Yellow12
Red & White2
Gold1
Bushmans Thong6

Badges of Rank

1st Class1515
Kings Scout99

The work put into the reports was such that on W T Thurbon’s retirement the next badge secretary, Ken North, pointedly stepped away from this part of the role.

JWR Archivist Apr 2019